Microsoft come out to play with the I-pad and make an acquisition

Microsoft come out to play with the I-pad and make an acquisition

Yammer Yammer..

So what is the big deal about Yammer..? Until a few days ago I was not aware of it’s existence. I don’t know if that is a reflection on me but it is certainly a facet of the internet. (So much development all of the time!!)

The big news about Yammer is that Microsoft just bought the company for $1.2 BILLION.

They clearly see a future for Yammer – a.k.a Facebook for the workplace. As this will clearly be a player in business terms, I thought I would share some details I sourced from the Yammer home pages:

Access Yammer From Anywhere 

You can access Yammer from any computer with an internet connection. Because your company’s private network is stored in the cloud, you have instant and secure access to all of your co-workers, conversations, shared files, and notifications.
Yammer Profiles aggregate employee information — including contact details, conversation history, files, and expertise. Expertise is instantly searchable so that useful information or subject matter experts can be easily found via search.
You can share and discuss documents, images, videos and presentations with your co-workers. You can upload new versions of files to ensure everyone sees the latest draft, but can still access the older ones. You can also simply and securely share documents on Yammer with external customers and partners via email.

The search feature – whether it’s a company expert, sales force record, lost file, or recent conversation with some important insights – you can find it on Yammer.

Yammer can enable seamless collaboration by bringing together people, content and conversations across all of your business applications.

Click the link for the Full Feature list

If that was the end of it you would probably be thinking that was not a bad week’s business for Microsoft, but NO!

The Surface

 

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The Surface

 

 

In the last week Microsoft entered the world of tablets in a significant way. The Surface was launched with a the usual rockets going off and big bands playing. The only thing is that most commentators were not super impressed, certainly with not knowing how much the Surface is going to cost and when it is actually going to arrive.
Working on the basis that the powers at Microsoft will get around to these matters, what is the Surface all about?

According to Mashable, the Surface is designed to work as both tablet and PC and comes in a version running Windows RT as well as a version running Windows 8 Pro.

Super-thin, the tablet is just 9.3mm thick for the Windows RT version and 13.5mm for the Pro version. Both have two full size USB ports. Surface has a 10.6-inch 16:9 widescreen HD display screen. Designed to be mobile yet sturdy, the screen is made of Gorilla Glass, (a strong glass) to prevent scratches and breaks if it is dropped.

Surface has a built-in kickstand on the rear of the tablet which holds it up while you’re typing or viewing videos. Surface pads that run Windows RT will be available in 32 GB and 64GB sizes while Surface running Windows 8 Pro will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB sizes.

 

However, we don’t know how much it costs and we also don’t know when it arrives in the shops. Microsoft gave away just enough about Surface but there is still much information left to be desired, announcements about the pricing, availability and processor speed of Surface to name three. Should I-pad be afraid?. Too early to say – probably?

PS.. I need to inform you I have taken on my first member of staff. Roger Davy (My Dad) has agreed to be my proof reader. If you wish to comment on all future errors in spelling and punctuation, I will let you know where he can be found!. Really, very grateful for the help! (and his rates are very good!)



Comments

  1. thanks for sharing the yammer & surface stories – being IT for 25+ years and now focusing on Social Media as a Relationship tool, I’ve stopped paying attention to the technical side and more on the strategy side – oops, I ignored the Yammer stories, as I ignored the EnterpriseAve stories.

    Thanks again

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